Migori County Farming & Agriculture
Maize farmers demand packaging bags
Tanzania tobacco farmers worsening our woes - Kuria West farmers
Migori farmers say they expect very poor harvest due to army worm invasion
Sweet coffee aroma washes away farmers’ bitter times with sugarcane
UJINGA NI KIPAWA! Migori Governor Spotted Flagging Off A COW (PHOTO)
Governor Obado flags off dairy cows, Sahiwal bulls for Migori
Maize farmers demand packaging bags
2018-03-06 12:21:13 Migori county maize farmers have lamented over acute shortage of packaging bags which have delayed their delivery at National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB) depots.   Read More ...
Tanzania tobacco farmers worsening our woes - Kuria West farmers
2018-02-13 12:15:09 Tobacco farmers in Migori county have blamed firms for resorting to buy cheap leaves from Tanzania which has threatened to cripple the sector further.   Read More ...
KBL targets 15,000 sorghum farmers in lake region
2017-11-30 14:00:13 The move has already excited small-scale farmers from Kisumu, Homa Bay, Migori, Siaya and Busia counties who intend to start planting the drought-resistant plant as a cash crop.   Read More ...
Migori farmers say they expect very poor harvest due to army worm invasion
2017-10-14 21:14:21 After years of trying to recover from the double crisis of severe drought and strigger weeds, migori county farmers are now faced with a new threat…the fall army worm. The region is likely to lose thousands of bags of maize crop with small scale farmers at risk of losing their crop since their parcels account for 30 percent of the total acreage in the county, yet they cannot afford to purchase chemicals to control the pest. Ntv's Bernard Ojwang with the details   Read More ...
Not there yet, farmers return verdict on the cotton revival steps
2017-02-24 10:01:22 Growing cotton was a major economic activity in the former Nyanza Province until the early 1990s when the crop collapsed. During the onset of devolved governance, farmers in the four counties of Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Homa Bay were upbeat that the crop would be revived. Hopes that grounded cotton factories would be revived were high because this was among the many campaign pledges made by politicians ahead of the   Read More ...
Growing bamboo in greenhouse and other lessons on the grass
2017-01-13 21:44:30 Sitting on more than 10 acres, Nyabera Farm in Uriri, Migori County, hosts an assortment of crops that include collard greens (sukuma wiki), cabbages, watermelon, tomatoes, pumpkins and bamboo. But it is on the bamboo farm that the owner of Nyabera Farm, Francisca Kwasa, is stirring a revolution. Francisca grows thousands of bamboo seedlings inside two greenhouses measuring 8 by 15 metres each. “I have more than 60,000 bamboo seedlings   Read More ...
Poor market turns sweet potato farmers into slaves
2016-12-16 18:39:01 Joseph Nyaisawa is a big sweet potato farmer in Nyamtiro village in Kuria East, Migori County. Nyaisawa has been growing the crop since 2010, having shifted from tobacco due to dwindling returns. The 32-year-old grows the crop on his four acres and has further leased an acre-and-a-half from friends to grow the crop. “On average I harvest close to 200 120kg bags of sweet potatoes from all the farms,” says   Read More ...
2 cows slaughtered a month for Akothee’s dogs
2016-12-15 12:50:26 It may sound crazy to many people but Akothee doesn’t mind her high breed dogs consuming 2 cows a month. Some four weeks ago, Akothee had 30 dogs at her posh retirement home in Rongo, Home Bay County. She was complaining how her pets were breeding faster than her. The flamboyant singer revealed she wasn’t willing to give her dogs out despite the fact that they were consuming meat equivalent   Read More ...
Counties urged to adopt school milk for their early childhood education centres
2016-10-27 18:21:57 The government has urged county governments to adopt school milk programmes for their early childhood development (ECD) centres to provide nutrition to pupils and alleviate childhood hunger. Speaking at the second National School Milk Conference in Mombasa, Agriculture Principal Secretary Andrew Tuimur called on governors from 44 counties across the nation to adopt the programme and boost health, education and the dairy industry. So far, only Mombasa, Migori and Kilifi   Read More ...
Crazy Monday: Dairy farmers protest over non-payment
2016-10-25 01:00:48 Police stepped in to restore calm after dairy farmers went on the rampage over non-payment of milk deliveries. More than 1,500 farmers affiliated to Rongo Dairy Co-operative Society threatened to burn their dairy office in Rongo town if they were not paid Sh1.2 million for milk supplied over the last two months. Led by their representative, Perez Atieno, the farmers said the delayed payments had caused them financial inconvenience as   Read More ...
Dairy farmers protest over non-payment
2016-10-25 00:59:01 Dairy farmers protest over non-payment Police stepped in to restore calm after dairy farmers went on the rampage over non-payment of milk deliveries. More than 1,500 farmers affiliated to Rongo Dairy Co-operative Society threatened to burn their dairy office in Rongo town if they were not paid Sh1.2 million for milk supplied over the last two months. Led by their representative, Perez Atieno, the farmers said the delayed payments had   Read More ...
Sugar industry is not a complete basket case
2016-10-04 01:08:11 I was once in Migori on some corporate social responsibility activities near the Sony Sugar factory. I spent a day with dozens of sugarcane farmers whose daily existence was marked by misery and hopelessness. This despite the fact that they owned hectares of sugarcane worth millions. Why would anyone live in such poverty yet they own so much? The answer was simple. Most of the sugarcane crop in this area   Read More ...
Sweet coffee aroma washes away farmers’ bitter times with sugarcane
2016-09-17 04:44:38 Alex Ochola picks a berry from his coffee plant in Kambi Awendo, Fort Ternan in Muhoroni, looks at it and nods with satisfaction. “The berries will be ready in a few months’ time but some have been attacked by the coffee berry disease. I expect some good harvest this time round though,” he says as he moves to another plant. Some years back, Ochola would have been crestfallen walking on   Read More ...
Sweet coffee aroma washes away farmers’ bitter times with sugarcane
2016-09-16 19:41:19 Alex Ochola picks a berry from his coffee plant in Kambi Awendo, Fort Ternan in Muhoroni, looks at it and nods with satisfaction. “The berries will be ready in a few months’ time but some have been attacked by the coffee berry disease. I expect some good harvest this time round though,” he says as he moves to another plant. Some years back, Ochola would have been crestfallen walking on   Read More ...
Farmers turn to sorghum in new deal
2016-09-15 08:20:19 Farmers in Nyanza region have turned to sorghum as an alternative cash crop. The growers in Kisumu, Siaya, Migori and Homa Bay counties have re-introduced the once abandoned crop after the East African Breweries Ltd offered them a ready, lucrative market. East African Maltings general manager Lawrence Maina said, “We have a target to provide up to 30,000 tonnes of sorghum in the next financial year, against the 18,000 tonnes   Read More ...
Migori tobacco farmers now switch to sorghum
2016-08-22 02:11:59 Migori tobacco farmers now switch to sorghum Tobacco farmers in Migori are turning to sorghum after the collapse of the tobacco leaf market. Beer-maker East African Breweries is offering the farmers’ a lucrative market for sorghum as the farmers come to terms with the socio-economic impact occasioned the exit of Alliance One Tobacco Company, which was the biggest tobacco leaf buyer in the county. The company is reported to have   Read More ...
UJINGA NI KIPAWA! Migori Governor Spotted Flagging Off A COW (PHOTO)
2016-08-04 18:26:21 Some of Kenyan’s governors are crazy. Some of the things they do will leave you wondering where we all went wrong. Mama yayeee! Did we really vote in such people? Well, Migori County boss Okoth Obado has become the topic of discussion on social media after a photo of him flagging off 150 dairy cows and 49 specialised Sahiwal bulls at Oyani Farm in Uriri sub-county for transportation to all   Read More ...
Governor Obado flags off dairy cows, Sahiwal bulls for Migori
2016-08-03 14:33:38 Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his aides rounded up about 200 dairy cows and bulls for the cameras on Tuesday. The animals, most of them bought from Rift Valley, jumped around in an open field as a huge crowd accompanied the Governor to a flagging off. Obado flagged off 150 dairy cows and 49 specialised Sahiwal bulls at Oyani Farm in Uriri subcounty for transportation to all 40 wards. This   Read More ...
Ministry moves to avert Sony cane farmers strike
2016-06-09 22:02:15 The Ministry of Agriculture has moved to avoid a planned strike by sugarcane farmers in Migori County over delayed harvesting of the crop. On Thursday, Ezra Okoth, the secretary-general of the Kenya National Federation of Sugarcane Farmers, told the Business Daily that top officials from the ministry will visit the Sony Sugar belt to address the farmers’ concerns. He said the officials had requested him to suspend the protests until   Read More ...
Main buyer exits Migori tobacco market
2016-05-19 12:13:14 than 10,000 tobacco growers in Migori County are stuck with their crop on the farms as they continue to wait for a new buyer.Thousands of acres of the tobacco grown in Suna West, Kuria West and Kuria East sub-counties is at risk of going to waste unless a new tobacco buyer comes to the rescue of the growers. “The future looks bleak. We don’t know who will buy our tobacco,”   Read More ...
Buyer hitch affects 10,000 Migori tobacco farmers
2016-05-18 23:10:05 than 10,000 tobacco growers in Migori are stuck with their crop on farms as they wait for a buyer to purchase it. Thousands of acres of the tobacco grown in Suna West, Kuria West and Kuria East sub-counties are at risk of going to waste unless a new tobacco buyer comes to the rescue of the growers. “The future looks bleak. We don’t know who will buy our tobacco,” said   Read More ...
From chips to flour, cassava offers a lot
2016-05-06 20:10:39 Namba is a sleepy hamlet about 2km from Kehancha town on the newly tarmacked Migori-Masaba route in Migori County. The outpost is mainly known for gold mining practised by scores of young men and women. Farming is another vibrant activity here, but not preferred by many young people. Kelly Munema is among the few who have taken to farming and his 15-acre farm hosts cassavas, and other crops like maize,   Read More ...
Migori tobacco farmers' fury as buyers exit
2016-04-25 00:04:59 Migori tobacco farmers' fury as buyers exit Tobacco farmers in the county are a frustrated lot after some of their key buyers withdrew from the market. Some of the cigarette companies that had been buying the crop have left and prices for farmers remain uncompetitive. Edna Mohabe has had to uproot the crop from her two-acre farm and resort to farming maize for subsistence. “For more than a year, I   Read More ...
The secrets of farming groundnuts few share
2016-04-09 00:35:57 About 3km off Kehancha-Taranganya Road in Migori County sits Kemakoba village, whose mainstay is farming. The area’s farms are dotted with small patches of maize, cassava, beans, sorghum and millet. But Pauline Mwita’s 60-acre farm is different because it hosts groundnuts, pigeon peas and green grams. I find Pauline, who had arrived few days earlier from India where she resides with her family, busy tending to her pigeon peas crop.   Read More ...
Frustrated Migori sugarcane farmers plan demos as Sony Sugar fails to harvest crop
2016-03-31 09:45:36 Thousands of acres of sugarcane in Migori County risk going to waste in farms following delays by Sony Sugar Company to harvest the crop. Already, farmers are up in arms not knowing what to do with the mature cane. Some of the cane has been in their farms for more than three years. The farmers are now planning to hold protests to force the sugar miller to harvest the crop.   Read More ...
Smart Harvest: My secret to big, appetising and juicy tomatoes in arid region
2016-03-25 18:04:16 To tomato farmers, Migori County is “cursed" land. It just cannot bear fruit. Many farmers here have tried and made losses from this otherwise money-making crop. Jared Osongo is one such farmer. His trials ended up in disappointment. The last crop of tomatoes Osongo planted grew up well but suddenly withered just as they were about to flower. “All the plants withered and died when the first fruits were just   Read More ...
My secret to big, appetising and juicy tomatoes in arid region
2016-03-25 18:03:59 My secret to big, appetising and juicy tomatoes in arid region To tomato farmers, Migori County is “cursed" land. It just cannot bear fruit. Many farmers here have tried and made losses from this otherwise money-making crop. Jared Osongo is one such farmer. His trials ended up in disappointment. The last crop of tomatoes Osongo planted grew up well but suddenly withered just as they were about to flower. “All   Read More ...
First Lady moves to turn Migori into one large poultry farm
2016-03-18 20:44:23 Migori First Lady Hellen Obado recently launched Kuku ni Pesa project, an initiative that seeks to boost poultry farming in the county, with her aim being to reach 3,000 women groups. She spoke to BARACK ODUOR on what is at stake in this project. Kuku ni Pesa loosely translates to there is money in poultry. Tell us what this is all about. The project aims at making women keep poultry   Read More ...
Govt. urged to intervene in restoring the glory of coffee sector
2016-03-17 14:14:01 Coffee farmers from Kisii, Nyamira, Homabay, Migori, Kericho and Bomet counties are urging the government to intervene and sort out the woes that are bedevilling the coffee sector. According to Barnabas Oyugi of the Kenya small scale coffee growers association, the quality and quantity of coffee had dropped from 130 metric tonnes in 1998 to 44 metric tonnes this year, due to the interference of cartels that had invaded the   Read More ...
Cabbages, capsicum and tomatoes to the rescue of farmers choked by tobacco
2016-03-12 06:38:34 Sometime last year, farmers in Kuria, Migori County, were crestfallen after the tobacco company that was buying their produce withdrew from the region.Alliance One Limited pulled out of the pact it had with farmers to buy their produce citing high cost of the tobacco harvest and moved to Uganda.Many farmers harvested losses as they remained with a crop that they could not sale.However, things are starting to warm up for   Read More ...
Migori farmers switch to soya beans after tobacco buying firm exits
2016-03-03 21:01:39 Farmers in Migori are now switching to soya beans as a cash crop following the exit of tobacco firm, Alliance One from the region.   Read More ...
My 70 acres one-stop shop for crops and animals
2016-02-13 08:35:59 About 5km from Kehancha Town in Migori County sits Caroline Kerario’s expansive land.   Read More ...
Irrigation and new crops will bring wealth to farmers in Migori
2015-10-17 01:35:46 Once the economic mainstay of the county, sugar cane and tobacco are no more.   Read More ...
I gave up sugarcane and became East Africa’s best soybean farmer
2015-05-30 19:29:14 Weaving through the sugarcane plantations gives one a feeling of sweetness that Migori County holds.   Read More ...
Farmers in Migori to benefit from subsidized seeds, new technology
2015-05-01 15:01:11 More than 3500 farmers in Migori have been given subsidized farm inputs worth 20 million shillings. The Migori county government project dubbed FUKUZA NJAA MIGORI, is aimed at ensuring that the county is food secure. Famers will also receive training on modern farming techniques that will help improve yields   Read More ...
No permit for dead cow meat
2015-02-16 08:56:22 MIGORI Police in Rongo subcounty are holding two suspects for taking meat from a dead cow. Silas Ochieng and Charles Obuogo were arrested by health officers on Friday when they failed to present a genuine livestock stamp from a veterinary officer. The officers have been patrolling towns educating residents on observing hygiene to avoid cholera   Read More ...